PLSN — January 2012
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J.R. Clancy’s Bob Theis Steps Down; Mike Murphy Becomes Top Exec; Tom Young Leaves Company

SYRACUSE, NY — After 30 years with J.R. Clancy, Bob Theis stepped down from his position as chief executive officer on Dec. 31, 2011. Theis remains an advisor to the board of Wenger Corporation, the company that owns J.R. Clancy, until July 2012. Mike Murphy, who has served as president of Clancy since 2009, became the company’s top executive on Jan. 1, 2012. He retains the title of president.

Separately, J.R. Clancy announced that Tom Young, VP of marketing at J.R. Clancy, left the company due to a health issue. Young, who has been with J.R. Clancy since 1993, helped build Clancy’s international growth and reputation for technological innovation. Young also served on the boards of USITT and ESTA.

In his 14 years with J.R. Clancy, Murphy has been involved in sales, project management, new product development, and supervision of the company’s most significant projects including its quality management program, which led to the company achieving ISO 9001 registration.

“Under Bob’s leadership, J.R. Clancy has grown significantly in capabilities and in the strength of its business practices,” Murphy said. “He established an important company goal that has become our mantra: ‘Make Our Partners Successful.’ Thanks to his commitment to best practices, Clancy has been an ISO 9001-registered company since 2002, and we are listed as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States by Inc. magazine. Bob can be very proud of the things he accomplished at Clancy.”

“I’ve worked with Mike since 1997, and I can honestly say that he’s more than qualified to take on the leadership of J.R. Clancy,” Theis said. “Mike and our management team are the best in the industry — there are none better.”

Looking ahead, Murphy plans to maintain Clancy’s leadership in product innovation and project management. “We’re looking forward to introducing some dynamic new products, and expanding our international business in the coming years,” Murphy said. “These are exciting times at J.R. Clancy.”

Murphy also credited Young for his longtime service to the company. “Tom’s value to the company cannot be overstated. His ability to combine his engineering expertise with his marketing skills have made him an important contributor to our success.

“Tom’s passion for rigging safety championed our initiative to be the leader in backstage safety, working to get the right materials and messages about safe rigging operation out to every user, from high schools to the most sophisticated opera houses.”

“Working at Clancy with Bob Theis and Mike Murphy has been great,” said Young. “They are two dynamic leaders who always take the high road, with the absolute devotion to making our partners successful. It’s been a tremendous time at J.R. Clancy, and I’m grateful to have been a part of it.”